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Rishworthians at West District and Sandal Festivals Good Results at Festivals for Rishworthians

Match report Sunday 12th October

The first festival weekend of the season saw the minis spread all over Yorkshire. The under 7's and 8's were at the Sandal Festival both teams competing well. The under 9's travelled to Wharfedale and as yet have no results. The under 10's travelled to Ilkley and reached the final only to be beaten by local rivals Brodleians. The under 11/12's trained as mixing age groups is not allowed at these age groups.

Under 6's The Micros
The micros aain had good numbers training and learning how to play tag rugby. The squad is split into 2 groups, the new players and last years more experienced micros. Coaches Neil Lumb, Darren Grogan, Warren Doyle and Guy Laurie put them through their paces.

Under 7's The Young Guns
The Old Rishworthians under 7's played in the Sandal Tournament. Unfortunately Old Rishworthians missed out on a final place but they played good entertaining rugby, in lovely conditions.

Rishworthians 3 - 4 Otley
Their first game was against eventual winners, Otley, with Rishworthians narrowly losing out in a closely contested game 4-3, with Jack Mallinson (2) and Thomas Georgiou scoring a good try. Great performance against a strong Yorkshire mini section.

Rishworthians 5 - 0 Brodleians
The second game was against local side Old Brodleians. The final score being 5-0 in Old Rishworthians favour, with Oliver Brian scoring a hat trick of fantastic long range try's.

Rishworthians 5 - 4 Sandal
The next game against Sandal was a close encounter. Some strong running by Finn Sutcliffe and excellent tagging by Marcus Trevor sealed a good 5-4 victory.

Rishworthians 6 - 6 West Park Leeds
The last match of the day was against West Park Leeds. The Old Rishworthians players by this point were passing the ball at ease, and scoring good try's, with plenty of inter passing. The final score was a respectful 6-6 in a thrilling match.

The try scorers of the day were Oliver Brian (8), Jack Mallinson (6), Tom Georgiou (4), and Finn Sutcliffe (1).

Under 8's
Nine players turned out on a glorious day to enjoy playing rugby at the Sandal Festival. With six teams in each of the two U8 leagues and the three pitches being shared between U7's and 8's there was lots of waiting around between games and 4 hours between matches starting and finishing. A long day all round. Thanks to the parents again for all their support and to the players for behaving so well and being incredibly patient. Finally thanks to Lee Haigh, Andy Sadler and Simon Donaldson for coaching the team so well throughout the tournament.

Rishworthians 3 - 4 west Park Leeds
WPL scored first before tries from Nathan Donalsdon and William Harker gave Rish a 2-1 lead. WPL then had the upper hand and took a 4-2 lead although Barnes-Wallace would have been proud of the fourth 'try'. Tom Stott scored a third giving Rish an outside shance of a draw but this wasn't to be.

Rishworthians 7 - 6 Sandal
What a result. The game literally went end to end with each side scoring alternately. Corey White scored the opening try and further scores from Nathan Donaldson 3, William Harker and Tom Stott leaving the score at 6-6. Kian Surcliffe then ran in a seventh try leaving Rish to defend the last set of plays to win the game. For once every player put in a superb defensive effort and Rish were able to complete seven tags, get the ball back and win the game. A great defensive effort.

Rishworthians 4 - 4 Driffield
This was a game Rishworthians could have lost after taking a 3-2 lead with scores from Carrick Keighley-Payne and Nathan Donaldson 2. Some careless errors then allowed Driffield to score twice and take a 4-3 lead. However Nathan Donaldson completed his second hat-trick of the morning to give Rish a 4-4 draw.

Rishworthians 0 - 7 Moseley
Beaten by a superb defence causing Rish to make a hatful of errors which were brutally punished.

Rishworthians 3 - 2 Rotherham
Another close run game with the sides again scoring alternately, with Rish scoring the all important first try of the game through Nathan Donaldson. William Harker and Carrick Keighley-Payne completed the scoring to end the tournament on a positive note.

Man of the morning Nathan Donaldson
Effort award Joe Barrett
Squad : Kian Sutcliffe, Luke Sadler, Corey White, Joe Barrett, Nathan Donaldson, Tom Stott, Daniel Haigh, Carrick Keighley-Payne, William Harker

Under 9's The Raiders
No scores available or match report received. IF anyone can provide any scores etc please e-mail davebutler@orrufc.co.uk

Under 10's The Reds
Old Rishworthians didn't partake in the District Cup last year, so it was new territory that the Reds ventured in to on Sunday at Ilkley RUFC. Old Rishworthians were placed in the strongest of the 2 pools along with Wharfedale, Cleckheaton, Skipton and Ilkley. The Reds would have to be on the top of their game to progress to the final. But the coaches were quietly confident.

Rishworthian Reds 20 - 0 Wharfedale
The first game was against "The Green Machine" from Wharfedale. A drive from the kick off by big forward Jonathan Wheatcroft gained 20 yards before been tackled. From the ruck, scrum half Will McDonnell, picked up and sprinted to open the scoring. The front row of Billy Whythe, Thomas Cockroft and Jonathan Wheatcroft won a scrum against the head deep in Wharfedale territory. Will McDonnell again picked up and dived over the line to double the lead. Determined tackling by Sam Bake and Jacob Bower brought turnover ball time and again. Another scrum against the head in the Reds half saw the ball being passed to Thomas Sweeten who crashed through 2 defenders and then sprinted away to make the score 15-0. Excellent tackling and rucking by the Reds kept the Green Machine at bay and a further turnover ball allowed Will McDonnell to show his pace down the wing to score his hat trick try in the corner and to post a convincing victory of 20-0. A very convincing win and a platform laid down for the rest of the tournament.

Rishworthian Reds 20 - 0 Cleckheaton
The second game began as the previous one with Rishies putting pressure on the Cleck defence, which was rewarded with a try. Nathan Cooper was given the ball on half way and headed for the try line, only to be hauled down with 2 yards to go. Thomas Cockroft, who was backing up, picked up and dived through a melee of players to score. The Reds rucking continued to impress and quick recycled ball allowed Will McDonnell the time to give good ball to centre Thomas Sweeten who had an easy run in for a 10-0 lead. Cleckheaton couldn't cope with the fierce determination and application shown by the Reds. Forwards Charlotte Siddall, Greg Day and George Radcliffe were fine examples of forward power in the rucks, knocking back the Cleckheaton players in every phase. Will McDonnell scored two further tries from such dominance in the ruck, his last, a dive over the line with two defenders on his back. Final score 20-0.

Rishworthian Reds 10 - 10 Ilkley
This first meeting between these two teams was a game to forget for Old Rishworthians. All the good, positive aspects of the first two games fell away in this match. Though the Reds took the lead when Thomas Sweeten scored from the result of a stolen ball, their tackling was suddenly absent without leave, and the rucking game was less than effective. Ilkley were given to much time with ball in hand and took advantage of the Reds unusually poor tackling, and the pressure paid off. Ilkley were initially held up over the try line and forced back by the Reds, but the ball was recycled and the try scored. The Reds came back in to the game, briefly, with a good try. From a penalty, Jacob Bower passed to Will McDonnell, who gained ground, and then laid off a pop pass in the tackle back to Jacob Bower who stormed in from 5 yards out to retake the lead. The Reds tackling didn?t improve as the game went on and Ilkley were able to score again to make the final score 10-10. You would have thought that Ilkley had won the festival from the jubilation that came at the end of game from the players and supporters. It just shows what respect teams have for this Reds team when a draw for them is a good result.

Rishworthian Reds 5 - 0 Skipton
Even though Rishies had secured two wins and a draw, other teams in the pool had been taking points off each other, and this final pool game was a must win game if the Reds were to reach the final. With a flea in their ears from the coaches the Reds appeared to be focused on the game again. Another long range run from Will McDonnell down the wing was ended when he was dragged in to touch. Other probing runs from Thomas Creasey and Jacob Bower were also halted with strong tackling from Skipton. With a mounting penalty count on both sides and good tackling from both sets of players, this was never going to be a high scoring game. The Reds did however take the lead after phases of pressure brought them close to the Skipton line. Another penalty conceded by Skipton gave the opportunity for Jonathan Wheatcroft to take the crash ball and power his way over the try line. Another try would surely secure the game and it appeared on the cards when another stolen ball in the ruck sent Thomas Sweeten towards the try line again, only to be hauled in to touch. The Reds kept their heads, played good rugby, and held on for the win by 5-0, to the obvious relief of coaches and parents.

The Final Rishworthian Reds 5 - 15 Brodleians
When the pools were given out in the morning this final between Old Rishworthians and Old Brods was always on the cards. Brods had eased through their pool, scoring lots of tries in the process. The Reds were at a disadvantage, having just played their final pool match and then straight in to the final, whereas Brods had completed their pool matches 20 minutes earlier. The game started with both teams trying to impose themselves in the forwards but a combination of strong tackling and good rucking by both teams cancelled each other out. Darting runs from both sets of backs were coming thick and fast. The first proper break came from the Reds, when scrum half Will McDonnell, took the ball from the scrum in his own half and set off like a gazelle down the right touchline, putting distance between himself and the chasers. A guaranteed score for the Reds seemed imminent! Running across the pitch came a Brods player in intercept mode. He hit Will with a superbly executed try saving tackle banging him in to touch. This brought an applause of appreciation for both players from both sets of supporters. The roles were quickly reversed when Sam Bake was called upon to make a try saving tackle of his own at the other end of the pitch. The deadlock was finally broken, when, from a lineout ball near to the Reds try line, Will McDonnell jinked around two Brods players, shrugged out of a tackle, put the hammer down, and sprinted the length of the pitch to score. They couldn?t catch him this time.

The second half belonged to Old Brods. They soon levelled the score through their speedy back row. A long day in the field was now beginning to show, with tired legs on some of the Reds players, which meant tackles were being missed, and Brods began to gain more possession. They took the lead through a breakaway try, and the same player scored again through another breakaway in the dying seconds to secure the win for Brods 15-5.

Scorers: Will McDonnell (6), Thomas Sweeten (3), Jonathan Wheatcroft , Thomas Cockroft, Jacob Bower

Squad: Billy Whythe, Thomas Cockroft, Jonathan Wheatcroft, George Radcliffe, Charlotte Siddall, Greg Day,
Will McDonnell, Jacob Bower, Thomas Creasey, Thomas Sweeten, Sam Bake, Nathan Cooper.

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